France progressed to the semi's following a 2-nil victory over Colombia and head coach Didier Deschamps will be hoping his charges maintain the positive momentum in what is expected to be an exciting match up against Belgium. His one assist was a big one, setting up Kylian Mbappefor what proved to be the deciding goal in the 4-3 win over Argentina.
And the Belgium admits Mbappe's performance took him by surprise, because he'd never heard of the teenager before facing him on the pitch.
The match is to be played later on Tuesday. "I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp". "That's the main thing".
"If I didn't score all tournament but we won the World Cup, of course I would take that in a heartbeat", Giroud told a news conference.
"It is true that it will be weird to see him lining up against us for the game, it will also be a special game for him".
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Speaking to reporters via BBC Sport Deschamps said: "It is true Olivier has not scored yet, but - I repeat - yet".
The French drew one group game (against Denmark), but their World Cup has been one of constant progression built around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, central defenders Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti and midfielders, N'golo Kante and Paul Pogba.
"All I am going to say now is that we are in the semifinal and we have the chance to play in the final of the World Cup, so let's try to do everything". That evenness is why France is the team to beat in the mind of Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter".
"It has been a few years since he said what he said about me".